Thursday, May 04, 2017

ARC REVIEW! ROAR BY CORA CARMACK



ROAR (STORMHEART SERIES, #1)

BY: Cora Carmack



RELEASE DATE: June 13th 2017 by Tor Teen



ACQUIRED BY: ARC copy by Cora Carmack given at Apollycon Convention



GENRES: Young Adult / YA • High Fantasy • Paranormal • Romance • Action • Suspense • Courts & Crowns 



RATING: 5 STARS



OVERVIEW:

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage. 

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough. 

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.




REVIEW:

I needed a defibrillator because my heart stopped while reading this book. Captivating. Alluring. Layered. Dynamic. Polished. Cora pulled out all the stops to deliver a masterful high fantasy novel. Her world she built enveloped me with its depth and richness. Cora wrapped the reader up in her highly developed mythology, characters and storyline. The novel was so moving that my heart was pulled frommy chest and now rests within her mighty pen. I must say, I had a small panic attack knowing that I was reading an ARC, which meant it would be THAT MUCH LONGER till I had resolution with book two's release. 





I've always loved Cora's books. This was a vivid departure from her normal writing style but it was brilliant. You know that I find it rare for an author to have a solid range.... first to third person, contemporary to fantasy. Cora has become a standard of all around perfection for all authors to aspire to. Third person has never been the most personal point of view in my opinion, but Cora sucked me into the characters just like with her first person writing skills. 



The writing was so polished, so tight. Cora's air tight (haha... get that..) mythology was bewitching. She really held the right balance of information and disseminating that throughout the book. Cora never gave away too much or too little. Her world building was on point. Some authors leave you wondering with questions about the kind of era or type of dress, but Cora filled in all the blanks, but still gave the reader room to imagine.




Aurora (Rora/Roar) was a fabulous Main Character. I love that she had faults and fears that reflected in her actions and interactions. Rora was real, tangible and organic. As you all know, my number one criteria in reviewing a book is character development. ( I sound like I'm beating a dead horse about that...) Roar had it in SPADES. It felt like watching plants spring and open up in those fast forward videos you see. It was that visceral.





As a weather geek, I loved the idea of being able to control storms, to use magic to do so is the icing on the cake. The idea of carrying the heart of the storm around in your pocket, or jewelry... brilliant. However, Cora adds even more dimension to the idea that will shock and delight the reader.





Romance writing has always been a balancing act. Many lean too much one way or the other and end up face planting. Cora's books have always been perfectly centered. Roar is no exception. The relationship is organic and tangible. Not to mention as delectable as chocolate fudge cake and as hot as my homemade chili. (Hubby likes spicy food best when they make him sweat... masochist...) 

I loved getting to know Aurora. She was like a sweet onion.... you kept peeling back layer after layer. Better yet... she was like Baklava. Sweet, yet had some bite... yet fragile at the same time.  Aurora encapsulated everything you'd want in a heroine. She was not perfect, yet she had a core strength that was uncovered throughout the book.







I can imagine the struggles she went through, covering up what she thought was a defect. Hiding because people wouldn't have accepted her for who she was, not who they wanted her to be. This book is truly a journey in many ways for her. Aurora learns much about herself and grows into her own skin. It was an amazing journey and one you will DEFINITELY want to take with her.





I can't stress enough how much I loved this book. Absolute perfection wrapped up in a GORGEOUS cover. A must read.




Friday, March 31, 2017

BOOK REVIEW! UNREST BY WENDY HIGGINS


UNREST (Book 2: The Unknown Series)BY: WENDY HIGGINS

PUBLISHED: February 9th 2017 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
PURCHASED: e-book format from Amazon.com

GENRES: Post Apocalypse • Aliens • Fantasy • Science Fiction • New Adult • Romance • Suspense • Action

RATING: 5 STARS

OVERVIEW:
New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins brings you the second book in this thrilling war-torn world... Being on the run in the desert means food and sanctuary are hard to come by, but Amber Tate and her crew are not about to give up. Not after having the things they love brutally ripped from them by an unknown enemy who sent their world into the apocalypse. Survival takes precedence, but once safe shelter is found, their guards fall and the emotions they've been holding in are finally released. Anger, insecurities...lust. In their tight quarters, Amber, Rylen, Tater, and Remy can't escape it. The past must be faced, and passions run even stronger in the darkest of times. In the midst of unrest, their worlds are rocked again when they discover the truth about the war that's ruined their lives. They thought finding out the enemy's identity would give them the edge; instead it's revealed terrifying dangers they never thought possible.

REVIEW:
What have you DONE Wendy Higgins!!!! I had to buy e-book of Unrest because bookstore was closed and I DEVOURED the thing in three hours!!! And what did you leave me with? My heart hanging out of my chest until Fall!!! You are evil, Wendy. Brilliant. Creative. But evil. 

Oh, the HUMANITY..... 

Where to begin? How about with 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

SUPRISE! COVER REVEAL & RELEASE DAY ANNOUNCEMENT! ALL CLOSED OFF BY CORA CARMACK



From New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack, comes the highly anticipated fourth standalone title in her Rusk University Series, ALL CLOSED OFF! A passionate story and journey, get ready to be mesmerized with Stella’s story! ALL CLOSED OFF is coming your way May 1, 2017! 


ABOUT ALL CLOSED OFF (Releasing May 1, 2017):

Stella Santos is fine.



Maybe something terrible happened to her that she can’t even remember. And maybe it drives her crazy when her friends treat her like she’s on the verge of breaking because of it. Maybe it feels even worse when they do what she asks and pretend that it never happened at all. And maybe she’s been getting harassing emails and messages for months from people who don’t even know her, but hate her all the same.



But none of that matters because she’s just fine.



For Ryan Blake, Stella was always that girl. Vibrant and hilarious and beautiful. He wanted her as his best friend. His more than friends. His everything and anything that she would give him. Which these days is a whole lot of nothing. She gets angry when he’s there. Angry when he’s not there. Angry when he tries to talk and when he doesn’t.

When Stella devises an unconventional art project for one of her classes all about exploring intimacy—between both friends and strangers—Ryan finds himself stepping in as guinea pig after one of her subjects bails. What was supposed to be an objective and artistic look at emotion and secrets and sex suddenly becomes much more personal. When he hits it off with another girl from the project, Stella will have to decide if she’s willing to do more than make art about intimacy. To keep him, she’ll have to open up and let herself be the one thing she swore she’d never be again.

Vulnerable.




Don’t Miss All of Cora’s Standalone Rusk University Series Titles!

ALL LINED UP
ALL BROKE DOWN
ALL PLAYED OUT


About Cora Carmack:

Cora Carmack is a twentysomething New York Times bestselling author who likes to write about twentysomething characters. Raised in a small Texas town, she now lives in New York City and spends her time writing, traveling, and marathoning various TV shows on Netflix. She lives by one rule: embrace whatever the world throws at you and run with it (just not with scissors).

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

News from Apollycon 2017

APOLLYCON 2017

We got to Orlando Friday and were blessed to have the chance to have dinner with friends including Rachel Harris.



Saturday morning we mingled in line for an hour to get our "fast passes" for author signings. 



Then we got in line that wrapped around the hotel to get into signing, and the Internet Dino was here! In my face! So fun. Saturday night was the After Party so stay tuned for pictures with authors and cover models! 



BOOK SIGNING

Monday, March 20, 2017

Cover Reveal! Undone by Wendy Higgins

Cover Reveal!! It's cover reveal day for UNDONE, the 3rd book in Wendy Higgins' adult apocalyptic romance trilogy, coming November 7! Meet Tater and Remy.  http://www.wendyhigginswrites.com/2017/03/undone-cover-reveal.html

Thursday, March 09, 2017

OFFICIAL BOOK TRAILER: THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES BY MINDY MCGINNIS


The Female of the Species
BY: Mindy McGinnis

It's "THRILLER THURSDAY" today! Here is a fairly new book out by McGinnis that will keep you biting your nails the whole read through. Check it out:




PUBLISHED: September 20th 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books

GENRES: YA / Young Adult • Contemporary Fiction • Thriller • Mystery

OVERVIEW:
Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it. When her older sister, Anna, was murdered three years ago and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best. The language of violence.

While her crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people, even in her small hometown. She relegates herself to the shadows, a girl who goes unseen in plain sight, unremarkable in the high school hallways.

But Jack Fisher sees her. He’s the guy all other guys want to be: the star athlete gunning for valedictorian with the prom queen on his arm. Guilt over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered hasn’t let him forget Alex over the years, and now her green eyes amid a constellation of freckles have his attention. He doesn’t want to only see Alex Craft; he wants to know her.

So does Peekay, the preacher’s kid, a girl whose identity is entangled with her dad’s job, though that does not stop her from knowing the taste of beer or missing the touch of her ex-boyfriend. When Peekay and Alex start working together at the animal shelter, a friendship forms and Alex’s protective nature extends to more than just the dogs and cats they care for.

Circumstances bring Alex, Jack, and Peekay together as their senior year unfolds. While partying one night, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting the teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.